PNW Women's Scholarship Foundation | Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is the leading provider of scholarships for young women in the world. Each year, more than $41 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance is made available to the 12,000 young women who compete in the system across the country on the local, state and national levels.
Today, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs as well as the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Participating not only helps young women pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity for them to gain additional life experience by, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing their personal and professional skills and developing their performance-related and other talents.
The PNW Women's Scholarship Foundation is proud to offer four local scholarship opportunities through the titles of Miss Portland and Miss Portland's Outstanding Teen, and Miss Washington County and Miss Washington County's Outstanding Teen. In order to be eligible for the Miss Portland or Miss Portland's Outstanding Teen titles, one must live, work, or attend school in Multnomah or Clackamas County. In order to be eligible for the Miss Washington County or Miss Washington County's Oustanding Teen titles, one must live, work, or attend school in Washington County. Miss contestants must be between the ages of 18 - 25 years old, and Teen contestants must be between the ages of 13 -17 years old.
Miss America is a global advocate for social and political issues that touch everyone's lives. Though it is Miss America herself who fills the spotlight during her year of service, the Miss America Organization is built on a vast network of grassroots support--individuals and communities who believe that service in ones community is a means to show patriotism as well as a way to gain depth of character.
Contestants at all levels of the Miss America program are required to clearly define a social issue to which they are sincerely committed and for which each will be an activist during her year of service. Reflecting the range of contestants with different backgrounds and viewpoints, the platforms are as diverse and varied as America itself.
Because the Nation Platform for the Miss American Organization is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Miss contestants are required to raise $100 for CMN Hospitals per local competition, and $250 for CMN Hospitals to compete for Miss Oregon. While Teen contestants are required to pay a $100 entry-fee to compete in a local, they are required to raise $100 for CMN Hospitals in order to compete for Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen.
Contestants have given thousands of hours in volunteer service to a myriad of organizations in our community.